This Jaguar F-Type video review features information about the coupe and convertible models, including the V6 S, V8 and R Coupe. We go over pricing, performance and fuel economy, along with passenger and cargo space. For more information, read the 2015 Jaguar F-Type review.
There are two body styles available: the coupe you see here and the convertible. Both seat two people in a leather-lined cabin that is beautiful, but does suffer from a rather antiquated touchscreen interface and passenger space than can be described as sufficient at best. That would be a generous description for the tiny trunk. The coupe's is a bit bigger, but its hatch opening is narrower. Good luck with golf clubs.
There are four engines: the base 340-horsepower supercharged V6 and a 380-hp version in the V6 S model. Each body style gets a different version of the 5.0-liter supercharged V8: the 495-hp V8 S convertible and this, the 550-hp R Coupe.
No one will call the V6's slow and the V8 are absolutely insane. They're smooth, effortless, wildly powerful and allow the F-Type to hit 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. Just make sure to specify the active sport exhaust. Without it, you won't be driving the most hilariously loud car on the road.
Pricing ranges from $65,000 for a base coupe and $69,000 for the convertible, to about $100 grand for the V8 S and R models. That means it competes with Porsche's Boxster and Cayman on the low end, and the 911 on the high end.
Either way, the Jag isn't as refined or practical and its handling isn't as sharp. But there's a sense of drama in the F-Type you won't find in those Porsches or, say, a Mercedes SL. Besides the noise and styling, there are the air vents that rise out of the dash, the pulsing red starter button and the shifter that feels like some sort of futuristic gun. This is a sports car that doesn't take itself too seriously; it's an ultimate toy.